Making a Bird Feeder with Food Scraps
With wildlife losing habitat at an alarming rate we need to encourage bird as well as other creatures into our back yards and gardens and a bird feeder is one way to accomplish this. In addition to nature preservation, birds are beautiful creatures that can provide hours of entertainment and joy. This article demonstrates how to make a bird feeder from food scraps.
Step 1: Make the Cut
Take an orange along with your knife and cut it in two. Take your spoon and scoop out the inside fleshy parts. This is a great part to get the kids involved with so that the flesh of the orange doesn’t go to waste! Ideally, the orange peel will simply be part of your scraps anyway but there's no reason why a bird feeder can't be made at any time.
Step 2: Cover with Peanut Butter
Take the half of the orange peel and cover the inside well with peanut butter. Birds absolutely love this. This is an ideal way of using up the remnants of an almost-empty jar.
Step 3: Plant the Seed
Take some bird seed and sprinkle it on top of the peanut butter. This will attract all different types of bird. Certain smaller types will come just for the seed while others will come for the peanut butter as well. The peanut butter also helps hold the seed steady in the feeder and this will create less spillage on the ground.
Step 4: Put in Place
These bird feeders are perfect for a hanging basket or a flower bed. The bird will eat the seed, peanut butter and eventually the peel. Once it is gone you can start again with the other half or a new orange.
Step 5: Deterring Squirrels and Pets
You may find that your bird feeders is also attracting squirrels and raccoons. Squirrel repellent can drive them away without causing harming them. By placing acorns in the ground, you should also be able to deter the squirrels. They will still come into your yard but will be far too busy collecting the acorns to worry about the bird feeder.
Keep a close eye on your pets, especially cats. They will notice when more birds are coming around the garden. You might want to keep them in during feeding times or place the feeder somewhere that the cats will find it difficult to find.
Take any remains inside at night. This will help keep raccoons away as this is when they are more active.
Step 6: Alternatives to Oranges
This bird feeder can also be made using the peel of a grapefruit. The grapefruit is larger, thicker and will last longer.
Birds can eat several other things from the kitchen and experimentation with various scraps is suggested. Breads and grains are also perfect. Birds also enjoy chopped nuts of various varieties so party left-overs can make a wonderful treat. Sugary foods should not be given to birds and never give them anything spoiled or moldy.
If you live in an area where oriels are present, replace the peanut butter with some orange jam or marmalade. This will bring them in thick and fast.